Nine Sections / Artists

The "SUNSHOWER" exhibition in Tokyo closed on Monday, October 23, 2017. The exhibition is touring to Fukuoka Asian Art Museum from Friday, November 3 to Monday, December 25, 2017.

NACT

Exhibited at The National Art Center, Tokyo

MAM

Exhibited at Mori Art Museum

NACT

Fluid World

Throughout the history of time, maps have been the medium into which countless politico-economic values and variances were weaved. Indeed, maps drawn by the artists do not simply represent the region's geographical characteristics - they, instead, expose its complex histories and spatio-temporalities. This section examines the overlapping cartography of this space known as Southeast Asia through multi-tiered maps that look at land and its significance, maps of migration that stir up one's memory of physical movement of people, and imaginary maps that seek a world and society of the ideal.

Yee I-Lann / Fluid World (from the series "Orange Besar")

Yee I-Lann (b.1971) Malaysia
Fluid World (from the series "Orang Besar")
2010

Direct digital Mimaki inkjet print, acid dye, batik crackle Japanese indigo dye, 100% silk twill
140.5 x 298cm
Courtesy: Silverlens Galleries, Makati, the Philippines

NACT

Passion and Revolution

From the 1940s following the end of WWII well into the 1980s, many Southeast Asian countries underwent a long transition from colonial rule to independence. It was during this time that struggle for independence, the Indochina Wars, the Vietnam War, the Cambodian Civil War, and other conflicts erupted. In some countries, this was also a time of continual suppression and censorship of artistic expression. It was in such an environment that many artists stepped forward to demand democracy, freedom of expression, and freedom of speech. This section introduces artworks by artists who lived through such a tumultuous time.

Htein Lin / Biology of Art (from the series 00235)

Htein Lin (b.1966) Myanmar
Biology of Art (from the series "00235")
1999

Mixed media on cotton shirt
53 x 53cm
Courtesy: Martin LeSanto-Smith

NACT

Archiving

With recent IT advancements, information, previously hard or sometimes nearly impossible to find, has become readily accessible. Based on the findings from such access, efforts to archive materials are now underway. While many documents accumulated in all parts of the region are open to the public in Southeast Asia, more artists are using these documents themselves as materials for their artworks. This section presents a number of examples, among them Koh Nguang How's Singapore Art Archive Project (2007), an undertaking that offers a comprehensive view of the activities of Singapore's The Artists Village (TAV).

Koh Nguang How / Shui Tit Sing - 100 Years of an Artist through His Archives

Koh Nguang How (b.1963) Singapore
Shui Tit Sing - 100 Years of an Artist through His Archives
2014

Ephemera, original works at NTU CCA Residencies Studio, Signapore Dimension variable
Collection: Shui Tit Sing and Singapore Art Archive Project
Photo: Koh Nguang How

NACT

Diverse Identities

Entering the age of postcolonialism and the dawn of independence and democracy, people began to question the various "identities" that make up who they are - specifically, their identities as a new nationstate, as members of a particular ethnic group, and also as individuals. When the Cold War structure collapsed in 1989, this difficult question was shared worldwide for those in search of new value systems to replace previous ideologies. Many of the contemporary artworks produced during this time attempted to examine the question of identity from these levels, a question which indeed remains as an extremely complex issue to this day.

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook / When We Were Young (from the series "Femal Figure")

Melati Suryodarmo (b.1969) Indonesia
AMNESIA
2016

Performance and Installation

Sewing machine, cotton, chalk, wood
Dimensions variable
Performance duration: 5 hours
Performance view: Ark Galerie, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2016

NACT

Day by Day

Beginning in the 1990s, many artists began to turn their attention to the daily life and the everyday. With globalization and multiculturalism storming throughout the world, discoveries of cultural, social, and historical contexts within the everyday scenes, and the translation of those contexts into art attracted people's attention as a form of expression for the new generation. Memories with one's families, daily meals and leisure times, and everyday activities carried out on the streets were all incorporated into the context of contemporary art through such media as paintings, photographs, videos, and installations. Simultaneously, these new generation artists have garnered attention at international exhibitions that rapidly expanded to all corners of the globe, and Southeast Asian artists thereby found more opportunities to make their presence felt on the global stage.

Surasi Kusolwong / Golden Ghost (Reality Called, So I Woke Up) / ©2017 Surasi Kusolwong

Surasi Kusolwong (b.1965) Thailand
Golden Ghost (Reality Called, So I Woke Up)
2014

Gold necklaces, industorial threadwaste, neon work, mirrors, photographs, et al. Dimension variable
Performance view: Taipei Biennial 2014
©2017 Surasi Kusolwong

MAM

Growth and Loss

With a total population of over 600 million, ASEAN's presence in the international community is expected to only accelerate, also attracting attention from overseas investors as a vast emerging market due to the advent of free trade. Although growth rates vary depending on the country, high economic growth and the developments that accompany it throughout the region are rapidly transforming the urban landscapes and bringing dramatic changes to people's lives. At the same time, there are concerns about resulting social disparities and the loss of traditional cultures. As artists frequently look at such changes with a critical eye, this section closes in on the driving forces and issues generated by growth and development.

Jompet Kuswidananto / Words and Possible Movement

Jompet Kuswidananto (b.1976) Indonesia
Words and Possible Movement
2013

Motorbikes without machine, fabric flags
Dimensions variable
Collection: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

MAM

What Is Art? Why Do It?

In Southeast Asia, as public art museums and other institutions for contemporary art are still in the process of formation, the purpose of creative activities is not always limited to the success within such institutions. Instead, there is a noticeable amount of young artists who question and investigate the role of art to resolve the many challenges communities face such as environmental issues and the scattering of local societies to name a few. Socially-engaged art practices that intervene in communities and demand the participation of the general public and practices as collectives are a couple of traits that characterize Southeast Asia today, much more so than Japan.

Aye Ko / New Zero / New Zero Art Space

Aye Ko / New Zero (b.1963/Since 2008) Myanmar
Village Art School
2015-

MAM

Medium as Meditation

Southeast Asia is home to a diverse mix of ethnic groups, languages, cultures, and religions that coexist side by side. Even in this age of rapid growth and development, annual events/functions and religious rituals passed down over the generations continue to be an important part of Southeast Asia's daily life, directly linked to their interests in not only the world of the living but also the afterworld and the supernatural. This section presents artists who frequently use traditional artistic techniques and concepts, ranging from ancient nature worship to specific religions, to create artworks depicting the broader worlds of mysticism and spirituality.

Korakrit Arunanondchai / Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3

Korakrit Arunanondchai (b.1986) Thailand
Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3
2015

Video
24 min. 55 sec.
Courtesy: Carlos/Ishikawa, London; C L E A R I N G, New York/Brussels; BANGKOK CITYCITY GALLERY, Bangkok

MAM

Dialogue with History

Among the new generations of artists in Southeast Asia, there are those who are trying to revisit the region's repetitious histories of political, economic, and social change - particularly its histories of war and repression - and to integrate its memories as one’s own. At the same time, there are also those who seek to pass on the legacies and contributions to contemporary art by artists of past generations to the present. This section of the exhibition showcases artworks that revisit the past and engage in cross-generational dialogues in an attempt to situate contemporary society and art within a much larger narrative of history.

Roslisham Ismail a.k.a Ise / Study drawing for anOther story

Roslisham Ismail a.k.a Ise (b.1972) Malaysia
Study drawing for anOther story
2017

Artists/Artist Groups (86)

  • *Year of Birth(-Death):Active since, if collective
  • *Please download the list of exhibited works.(PDF/960KB)

BRUNEI

 

Year of Birth(-Death)*

Venue(s)

Yasmin Jaidin

1987

NACT

CAMBODIA

 

Year of Birth(-Death)*

Venue(s)

Svay Ken

1933-2008

NACT

Ly Daravuth

1971

NACT

Sopheap Pich

1971

MAM

Vandy Rattana

1980

MAM

Than Sok

1984

MAM

Lim Sokchanlina

1987

MAM

Tith Kanitha

1987

MAM

INDONESIA

 

Year of Birth(-Death)*

Venue(s)

FX Harsono

1949

NACT

Moelyono and Serrum

1957/Since 2006

NACT

Agus Suwage

1959

  • NACT
  • MAM

Heri Dono

1960

NACT

Mella Jaarsma

1960

NACT

Melati Suryodarmo

1969

NACT

Loranita Theo

1970

MAM

Jompet Kuswidananto

1976

MAM

Anggun Priambodo

1977

NACT

Ariani Darmawan

1977

NACT

Aditya Novali

1978

MAM

Albert Yonathan

1983

MAM

Fajar Abadi RDP

1985

MAM

Ismal Muntaha

1987

MAM

ruangrupa

Since 2000

MAM

Jakarta Wasted Artists

Since 2010

MAM

LAOS

 

Year of Birth(-Death)*

Venue(s)

May Chandavong

1943

NACT

Hongsa Khotsouvanh

1975

MAM

MALAYSIA

 

Year of Birth(-Death)*

Venue(s)

Ismail Hashim

1940-2013

NACT

Simryn Gill

1959

NACT

Liew Kung Yu

1960

MAM

Wong Hoy Cheong

1960

NACT

Yee I-Lann

1971

NACT

Chuah Chong Yong

1972

MAM

Roslisham Ismail a.k.a Ise

1972

MAM

Shooshie Sulaiman

1973

NACT

Au Sow-Yee

1978

MAM

Poodien

1979

NACT

Pangrok Sulap

Since 2010

NACT

MYANMAR

 

Year of Birth(-Death)*

Venue(s)

Aung Myint

1946

NACT

Htein Lin

1966

NACT

Po Po

1967

MAM

Maung Day

1979

MAM

Aye Ko / New Zero

1963/Since 2008

MAM

Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA)

Since 2013

NACT

THE PHILIPPINES

 

Year of Birth(-Death)*

Venue(s)

Roberto Chabet + Ringo Bunoan

1937-2013/1974

MAM

Santiago Bose

1949-2002

NACT

Norberto Roldan

1953

NACT

Manuel Ocampo

1965

NACT

Felix Bacolor

1967

MAM

Lyra Garcellano

1972

  • NACT
  • MAM

Kiri Dalena

1975

MAM

Kawayan De Guia

1979

NACT

Mark Salvatus

1980

MAM

Martha Atienza and Atonisla

1981/Since 2015

MAM

SINGAPORE

 

Year of Birth(-Death)*

Venue(s)

Amanda Heng

1951

NACT

Lee Wen

1957

NACT

Suzann Victor

1959

NACT

Koh Nguang How in collaboration with Lim Shengen

1963/1981

NACT

Ming Wong

1971

NACT

Sherman Ong

1971

NACT

Zul Mahmod

1975

MAM

Ho Tzu Nyen

1976

NACT

Boo Junfeng

1983

NACT

Ho Rui An

1990

NACT

THAILAND

 

Year of Birth(-Death)*

Venue(s)

Chalood Nimsamer

1929-2015

  • NACT
  • MAM

Montien Boonma

1953-2000

MAM

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

1957

NACT

Vasan Sitthiket

1957

NACT

Mit Jai Inn

1960

MAM

Uthit Atimana and Gridthiya Gaweewong

1960/1964

NACT

Rirkrit Tiravanija

1961

NACT

Surasi Kusolwong

1965

NACT

Udomsak Krisanamis

1966

MAM

Apichatpong Weerasethakul + Chai Siris

1970/1983

MAM

Navin Rawanchaikul

1971

  • NACT
  • MAM

Sutthirat Supaparinya

1973

MAM

Pratchaya Phinthong

1974

NACT

Arin Rungjang

1975

NACT

Dusadee Huntrakul

1978

MAM

Korakrit Arunanondchai

1986

MAM

VIETNAM

 

Year of Birth(-Death)*

Venue(s)

Tran Luong

1960

MAM

Dinh Q. Lê

1968

NACT

Tiffany Chung

1969

NACT

UuDam Tran Nguyen

1971

NACT

Hoang Duong Cam

1974

MAM

Tuan Andrew Nguyen

1976

MAM

Bang Nhat Linh

1983

MAM